7,000 stones collected around Alfred, New York were hand-numbered from 1 to 7000. The numbered stones were exhibited in a pile, with a wall text inviting visitors to the exhibition to take the stones home with them. The remaining stones were returned to their place of origin, waiting to be discovered by walkers.
This piece was made in response to the story of a local museum whose collection of hundreds of thousands of artefacts was lost, stolen and sold over the course of 100 years and is now dispersed across the country and in the attics and memories of local people. The only evidence of the objects once having once been part of a collection is a tiny, hand-painted acquisition number.